Laughed the Boy releases Bits and Bytes, an album of Nintendo rock rearrangements

Toronto seems to be host to Canada's own litany of video game cover bands. Well looks like one more can be added to the list. Laughed The Boy has released their first album of video game rearrangements, known as Bits and Bytes.

The group pays special attention to Nintendo produced games, including classics like Donkey Kong Country 2 and Legend of Zelda Ocarina of TIme.

My personal favorite on the album so far have been the aforementioned DKC2 remix known as "Forest Interlude." Though the relaxed guitar style present on "Dire Dire Docks (Mario 64)" comes in a very close second.

Find your own favorites on the full album, which is available for free download via bandcamp.

Watch La SÉGA's surprisingly atmospheric orchestral arrangement of Song of Storms from The Legend of Zelda

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When it rains, it pours.

Check out this video by La SÉGA, the 'SÉGA' meaning "Société des Écrituristes Gamers Arrangeurs."

This Paris based society of composers gathers weekly to record incredible video game inspired music performances and music videos like the one below. The Song of Storms itself is a surprisingly great song to see performed.

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Arranged by Julien Giraudet
Composed by Koji Kondo
Performed by La SÉGA
Audio mix by Zgwyrt
Video editing by RobinHoodFR

Listen to Nintendo Water Levels Megamix! by Neku ネク

Ambient electronic medley of some of Nintendo's finest water levels, including songs from Super Mario 3, Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong Country and Ocarina of Time. 

The perfect soothing cool tunes for these obscenely hot summer months.

Brian Cubria's Video Game Piano Arrangements Vol. 1 available to purchase

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Incredible piano arrangements from a variety of games, all rearranged with great care in Brian Cubria's Video Game Piano Arrangements Vol. 1. Little flourishes and references in each song will warrant intense repeated listening for fans of games such as Final Fantasy VII, Shadow of the Colossus, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and personal favorite, the intro stage theme from Mega Man X.

I do have to admit, my favorite track just tends to be the one I'm listening to, since they are all so impressive.

The album is available for $50 MXN (according to Bandcamp, about $4 USD) and is definitely worth the price. You can also find more of Brian Roke's music via his SoundCloud page.

Watch the ethereal music video for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Forest Temple ("Generations") Vocal Arrangement by Jillian Aversa

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Fans of the ever present OCReMix have surely heard the name, and likely the brilliant music of Jillian Aversa.

Well know you can also watch her latest music video, a vocal tribute to the classic Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time on the N64. This video is well produced, intriguing, and will make you look at the story of Link in Ocarina of Time just a bit differently. All trademarks of a great music video and a damn fine song.

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Watch as Claire Plays an Ocarina of Time Medley on piano

A beautiful medley of songs from the also beautiful Claire W. of the PrettyPrettyPianist Youtube. The songs are from a pillar of gaming perfection, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time. This medley is only five minutes long but travels throughout Hyrule with precise, flowing rhythms. This is just one of many amazing piano renditions available on her youtube page.

All of what you see on my channel is played by ear unless otherwise noted :) A medley of 8 songs from LOZ: OOT which in my opinion is the pinnacle of game music scoring. I want to be your best friend if you can name all 8.